Oklahoma Athletics has released the promotional schedule for the 2018 football season, and the Sept. 8 contest vs. UCLA will be this year’s Stripe the Stadium game. As always, odd sections will wear white, while even sections (plus the student section) will wear crimson.
Since the advent of the tradition in 2012, the Oklahoma Sooners are 3-3 in such games, with losses coming at the hands of Notre Dame (2012), Ohio State (2016) and Iowa State (2017). While some fans are will cite the perception of bad juju related to that statistic, this new tradition always gets the people going. What can I say? It creates a picturesque scene and enhances the general environment inside the Palace. Is it as dope as the checkerboard at Tennessee? No, but it’s pretty solid. As far as the “bad juju” is concerned, we obviously can’t legitimately blame the striping for lackluster performances (boy, were they lackluster) and injuries (Abdul Adams and CeeDee Lamb in 2017). Having said that, they might just have to do away with it if an upset happens against UCLA.
Additionally, the rest of the promotional schedule includes Military Appreciation Day for the Army game (naturally) and Band/Spirit day for the season opener vs. FAU. Each game will also feature a student giveaway, with rolling banners being given out at two of the games. Those banners are always good for tacking onto the walls of student apartments, so that promo could be fairly popular. I’m also interested to see the team sleeves. I hope OU gets weird with them as far as the design is concerned.